Scuba Santa’s Grand Entrance – Friday, November 30

As we heard from Gill last week, Scuba Santa will be making his official 2012 Christmas Celebration debut on Friday, November 30.

And leave it to Scuba Santa to do it in spectacularly grand style.  Not satisfied to simply arrive via sleigh, Santa wants to make a real “splash” this year. From the moment he arrives at in the heart of Philadelphia from an express train from the North Pole, to a thrilling boat ride across the river to the Camden Waterfront, to his eventual arrival at Adventure Aquarium on top of a big, red fire engine – greeted by hoards of screaming fans no less! – Scuba Santa wants to be absolutely certain that everyone knows he has arrived for the 2012 holiday season!

The Schedule

Scuba Santa’s day of festivities kick off when he arrives via the 7:30 am train into 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. From there, he will make his way around the City for a bit of sightseeing and errands, including stops at Love Park, Reading Terminal Market (to buy – among other things – broccoli for Bob the Loggerhead Sea Turtle!) and the Independence Visitor Center.

Scuba Santa’s official escort from the City of Philadelphia to the Camden Waterfront and Adventure Aquarium? None other than the Camden Fire Department, who will pick up Scuba Santa from Penn’s Landing at 10:15 am to transport him on their fire boat – complete with water cannons that shoot water 20 feet (!) into the air; and then on land…a big, red fire engine to take him from the Marina to the Aquarium entrance!

Meanwhile, at Adventure Aquarium, a welcoming committee including Camden Mayor Dana Redd, kiddos and Annual Passholders will be ready to greet Scuba Santa with homemade signs and cheers. The event culminates with Santa heading inside the Aquarium where he will inject a bit of Christmas “magic” into the day, making it snow – INSIDE! –  to kick off Gill’s Holiday Dance Party. Followed by Scuba Santa’s very first dive at Adventure Aquarium for the 2012 season!

Win Tickets!

Snap a photo of Scuba Santa around the city of Philadelphia and share it with us on Twitter @AdventureAqua. That afternoon, one lucky entry will win a 4-pack of tickets to Adventure Aquarium to experience our Christmas Celebration. Be sure to include the hash tag #ScubaSanta with your tweet.

Want to spot Scuba Santa? Here is a full list of his Philly appearances: 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, LOVE Park, City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, Independence Visitor Center and Penn’s Landing. 

Stay Connected!

Follow along on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates as we track Scuba Santa on Friday and share news and photos as he makes his way from Philadelphia to Adventure Aquarium.

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Adventure Aquarium Teams Up with 5 Gyres to Fight Marine Pollution

Take a look around. Most of what we eat, drink, or use comes packaged in petroleum plastic- a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away daily. What happens to all of this plastic?  Unfortunately, roughly 50 percent of the plastic produced in the world is currently buried in landfills and much of it remains “unaccounted for,” lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.

On Monday, October 15, representatives from Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront and 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour are teaming up to help educate and inspire the public about the dangers of marine plastic pollution.  From 9:30 am to 11:30 am, volunteers from Adventure Aquarium, 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour and the Jersey Shore Chapter of the SurfRider Foundation will come together to host a local “River Sweep” at Michael J Doyle Park on the Camden, NJ Waterfront. The public clean-up effort is being held to help raise awareness about the dangers of marine pollution and to inspire area residents to act locally against marine pollution.

Immediately following (at 11:45 am), the public is invited to attend a FREE presentation by 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour in Adventure Aquarium’s CURRENTS Ballroom, which offers views into the Aquarium’s 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit.  Presenters will speak, firsthand, about the Tour, a 1,400-mile bicycle ride being held to help educate and inspire solutions to the marine plastic pollution problem plaguing the world’s oceans.  The group also aims to provide practical tips to help reduce plastic consumption and waste with the ultimate goal of protecting our oceans– and ultimately ourselves.

“We’re thrilled be able to come together with representatives from 5 Gyres and Surf Rider to bring much-needed awareness to the issue of plastic pollution,”  said Dave Littlehale, Zoological Manager at Adventure Aquarium.  “Working together as a team, we hope to inspire future generations to carry on a legacy of ocean protection.”

5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour is riding from Boston, MA to Charleston, SC in an effort to bring attention to this critically important topic.  At each of the cities, 5 Gyres is conducting a clean-up and doing a presentation on plastic packaging and the pollution risk plastics pose to marine life.  Philadelphia is the 6th stop on this multi-city tour.

To learn more about opportunities to volunteer for the River Sweep on October 15th, call Adventure Aquarium at (856) 365-3300.  To attend the FREE Marine Pollution presentation by 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour, simply come to Adventure Aquarium’s CURRENTS Ballroom at 11:45 am on Monday, October 15th.  The presentation will begin at 12:00 pm.

Beach Clean Up – October 20

Adventure Aquarium and Clean Ocean Action are once again joining forces to clean up and protect New Jersey’s shore lines, during the Autumn Beach Sweeps – October 20 in Ocean City, NJ.

Did you know that it can take up to five years for cigarette butts to biodegrade, and up to 600 years for fishing line? Every year, millions of pieces of trash end up along the New Jersey shore lines. This debris does more than just ruin the aesthetic of our beautiful beaches – it poses a real threat to the native wildlife that become entangled in or accidentally ingests the litter.

If you would like to help save the lives of New Jersey’s native marine life and help protect this fragile ocean environment, please join Adventure Aquarium and Clean Ocean Action on Saturday October 20 from 9 am – 12:30 pm at 58th Street & Ocean Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather by bringing work gloves, and wearing closed, hard-soled shoes as the event is rain or shine. All other supplies will be provided by Clean Ocean Action. Registration is not required, but is preferred for large groups.

The trash collected during the beach cleanups is analyzed and the results are used to evaluate the sources of pollution as well as educate citizens, businesses and corporations about the waste found on New Jersey’s shores. If you have any questions, would like directions, or would like to volunteer and register a group of Beach Sweep volunteers, please contact beachsweep@adventureaquarium.com.

African Penguin Awareness Weekend

Make plans to visit Adventure Aquarium October 13-14 for African Penguin Awareness Weekend– an event dedicated to everyone’s favorite tuxedo-wearing, flightless feathered friends! All weekend long, participate in an array of penguin-centric activities, all of which help promote the conservation of African Black-Footed Penguins:

  • Meet an African Penguin during special, up-close penguin appearances and speak with biologists about these adorable sea birds!
  • Take a photo with a real African Penguin during one of the daily photography sessions hosted by Adventure Aquarium’s H2o Photo.
  • See original penguin artwork in a Gallery setting with the opportunity to purchase original works of art created by Adventure Aquarium’s African Penguins.
  • Learn more about Adventure Aquarium’s Penguin Adoption Program, which allows guest to adopt their very own African Penguin (includes a certificate of adoption, a penguin fact sheet and color photo, and an original penguin painting created by their adopted penguin).
  • For a $1 donation, guests can purchase their very own penguin footprint to sign and hang up inside Adventure Aquarium to show their support for these flightless, feathered friends.
  • Make a free penguin craft project to take home.

The best part? A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Penguin Paintings and Penguin Adoptions, as well as the proceeds from the sale of penguin footprints, will go directly to support SANCCOB, which has helped treat more than 82,000 sick, injured, orphaned and oiled sea birds throughout the last four decades. 

And, for each purchase during Adventure Aquarium’s Penguin Awareness Weekend that benefits SANCCOB (penguin paintings, adoptions, and footprints) Adventure Aquarium guests will receive an “I helped save a penguin today” sticker (while supplies last).

African Penguin Awareness Weekend was initiated in 2009 by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), a non-profit sea bird rehabilitation centre based in Cape Town, South Africa that aims to conserve and protect South Africa’s threatened sea birds. And as an ongoing supporter of SANCOBB, Adventure Aquarium’s goals in hosting it very own “African Penguin Awareness Weekend” is to raise both funds and awareness in support of this loved, yet vulnerable, species.

Red Cross Blood Drive

There is a dangerous blood shortage in our area right now, and the Red Cross needs your help!  

Adventure Aquarium has partnered with the Red Cross for a Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 2 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in our Currents Ballroom.

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. Make your appointment today by CLICKING HERE to schedule. Note: this is a new system, and you will have to create a new user name and password.  Be sure to check Donor Eligibility Guidelines or call 800.Red.Cross with questions.

Now is the time to donate. Remember, each donation saves THREE (3) LIVES! Please help our local area’s patients!

*JUST ADDED: Receive a 50% off Friends & Family coupon (valid for up to 5 people) with your donation on Tuesday. Give to a great cause and get something back!

Last Chance to See Megalodon at Adventure Aquarium

With teeth the size of a human hand and a length that rivals a Greyhound Bus, Megalodon was (unquestionably!) one of the world’s most massive predators. He may have vanished over million years ago, but there’s still time to see and learn more about the largest shark that ever lived before he becomes extinct….again!

Labor Day weekend is the public’s last chance to see Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, a sprawling 5,000 square foot traveling exhibit. Produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History and sponsored locally by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, this national traveling exhibit is only on display at Adventure Aquarium through Monday, September 3rd.

As unique as Megalodon was, so too is this exhibition that tells the story of this enormous creature. See fossils and modern shark specimens, as well as full-scale models. Visitors can enter a full-size metal sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited. The exhibit also provides details on improving the health of our oceans and survival of threatened species, and describes how Megalodon continues to fascinate many, elevating it to near cult status. From biker jackets to postage stamps, the exhibition explains the many ways Megalodon remains a part of human culture through art, literature, music and film.

Not only can Adventure Aquarium visitors learn more about the largest shark that ever lived, they can do so set against the backdrop of the largest and most impressive live shark collection on the East Coast. Get face-to-face with the ONLY Great Hammerhead sharks on public display in the U.S. and check out the largest and most impressive shark collection on the East Coast, including 16 unique shark species and over 70 sharks in total.

KIDS GET A FREE DISCOVERY JOURNAL!

Kids who visit Adventure Aquarium now through September 4th receive a FREE Discovery Journal* specifically designed to encourages kids to make the most of their Adventure Aquarium experience. The Discovery Journal engages youth by inviting them to learn more about the animals before, during and even after their visit by answering fun trivia, drawing pictures, playing games and more.

*Discovery Journals will be distributed to children at Adventure Aquarium’s Information Desk while supplies last.

Caroline Sunshine Appearance and Autograph Signing

Come out to Adventure Aquarium this Wednesday, August 1 from 11 AM – 12 PM for an autograph signing with Caroline Sunshine, star of the Disney Channel hit show “Shake It Up!”

Please note that this is a limited-time, first-come/first-serve autograph signing from 11 AM – 12 PM.

Visit the Adventure Aquarium Information Desk starting at 10:00 AM to pick up your meet & greet reservation ticket  (one ticket per person).

The autograph signing will take place in the Shark Realm Shark Den (Zone D) beginning at 11:00 AM.